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Carl Rheuban
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I have been doing thread work for 10 years and have all the existing books and tapes on thread work. I guess I have to get this series.



I was wondering if anyone has this yet? Is the series as complete as the table of contents appears?



This appears to be the definitve video yet on thread work.



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I'm curious too, I'm thinking about picking up the series for myself, it sounds excellent! Smile Smile
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Carl,

As someone who has seen them all, what would you suggest as the best of the bunch, if I were only going to purchase one? (At least for now...)

Thanks
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Kris - There is a large variety of different kinds of thread work and hookups. I personally have been very happy with the LaClaire Hookup which is described in both book and video form by John LaClaire.

There are also books and tapes that discuss the use of thread reels.

However, The new Ammar videos (and C.D.'s) appear to be comprehensive in covering a large variety of hookups with and without reels. Based upon his previous works, if you have not done thread work in the past, I would guess this series is going to be the series.

I am hoping that someone will post some response to my initial question soon, but I would expect nothing but high reviews.

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Thanks for the info.

I have done a little about 10 years ago with "the Animator". I recently purchased a reel, but have not used it yet.

I've heard that there is a pretty good ITR book that is very cheap that I am planning on checking out.

Thanks again
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I don't think the video has been released yet. Lots of dealers offering pre-publication specials. I heard it would be released 2nd week of February
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I have used the LeClair Animator, having learnt it from the book and video. They are both comprehensive in their content and I highly recommend them but have never used any other systems (ITR etc.) so cannot really comment any further.
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I haven't used 'IT' for about a year now, but recently saw an advert for the "The Electronic Slow-Rewinding Invisible-Thread Reel" ESR1/2 and was quite impressed but it's certainly not cheap.

Has anyone used this reel? or know of any other "slow reels"?

Thanks - Gavin
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Recently read a great review on alt.magic by Mitchell Leary. I can't re-post it here but if you do a search of the newsgroups at google.com you should find it. (hint, "Mitchell Leary" and "thread" then select groups.)

Thread work is hard stuff for me, though done right it can look great!!!
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Some more of you by now must have seen Ammar's videos.

Does anyone have any comments for us?

Thank you.

Carl.
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I just bought all three CDs and looked at the first one, Basics on threads, where to get them in Wal-Mart/K-Mart, different ways and how others have used the elastic threads. How lighting effects thread magic. all dealing with the invisible threads.

I also have LeClair's video and book.
There is no comparison. LeClair does not go anywhere near the in-depth that Ammar does. The Ammar video/CD is typical of all of his work. If you are familar with other tapes and CD's by Ammar, then you know his style. Lots of tips, lots of tricks, plenty to learn, easy to understand, philosophy of magic and presentation. Uses of threads to sell yourself through your business cards alone is worth the price of the first video.

I have not watched the 2nd or 3rd CD yet.
I was drained trying to absorb all that was said on the 1st CD. Each time I thought it was ended, he had more. If you are into thread stuff, you really can't ignore these tapes, done in Ammar style of teaching. He gives credit to tons of people. He has gotten release from many magicians to present their ways of using threads.

Now all this is from the 1st CD. I can't wait to view the others. By the way, these are not one shot viewing CDs. They require viewing several times just to comprehend what he has to say.

I especially liked the way Ammar dealt with threads and lighting.

Ammars second and third CDs/Tapes deal with the reels and ITRs and repairs, and much more. (From box cover)

Summary: if you like Ammar's style of video teaching, and you are thinking or doing thread magic, these are must have CDs or Videos!

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Dennis - That was the feed back I was looking for. I am ordering the CD's today.

Thank you.

Carl
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I just got through half of the second Ammar CD, which deals with the I.T.R.

Again, just watching how to use the chop cup and the I.T.R makes one want to run out and buy the I.T.R.

I was flabergasted when I watched Dave Nelson's Dollar bill flight, then the explaination was great. He tells you how to practice it.

Also demonstrated in this section was Robert Henry's Ashra Coin. Now we all know the Ashra Floating lady works, well the coin effect was the same but a smaller version, however, it had the same impact as the grand illusion. Float a coin, place a coin on a square cloth patch, cover it with a silk and watch it float then wisssh away the silk and the coin has disappeared.

The above was only section one. It was so great I watched it again. There are six other sections and a section on tips and theory. If the rest of the video is as good as the first section, then this video is a buy!

Reading the back of the CD box cover, there seems to be lots more like this.
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Dennis - I have already received my email return from Richard Hatch that he is sending me the series. I should have it in a couple of days.

Thank you again for the feedback.

Carl.
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Not to be a nitpicker, but don't you guys mean "DVD's" as opposed to "CD's?" There is a difference.
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Scott,

Not you guys, you mean me. Your right! In defense, I've worked with CDs so long a CD is a CD. It is that shiny silver round thing that is flat and works in gagets that play them.

You can edit all my posts and place DVD in place of CDs.

The bottom line related to the topic:

  • If you are going to do threads.
  • If your doing threads.
  • If you want a comprehensive source on threads.
  • If you like Ammar Style.


These Ammar DVDs are a good buy 5 star quality.
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So you're saying that if you want a good DVD resource for thread work, you should definitely "CDs!"

;)
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Very cheezy Scott... but seriously, if you do buy them be sure to use a reputable dealer as with all the pirating these days you don't want to buy them from anyone "CD"!

...ooooh.. that was even worse!

Anyhow, I just ordered a set of the vids from flourish dude at
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for $75 for all three - great deal and can't wait to get them. I'm still a video guy for now (I usually watch them in my basement where we only have a VCR) but I am sure flourish dude could get anyone a set of the DVD's for an equally great price.

Will let others know what I think when they arrive.

Mitch
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Thanks for the detailed posting on the Ammar series.

I was just wondering if anyone, besides me, are struck by the title of this series as well as Ammar's card and coin series as "Easy to Master?" IMHO - mastery is never easy Smile
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You will see several of my posts throughout the Cafe where I mention that I HATE that title!
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